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Name: Banks, Spencer T. (1912-1983)


Historical Note: Spencer Thornton Banks was an African American commercial artist. He was born on June 5, 1912 in Clarksdale, Mississippi and moved to St. Louis where he graduated from Sumner High School and attended Webster College. Before enlisting in the Navy, Banks’ art had been exhibited at the City Art Museum in 1939 and 1941. He later took classes and exhibited his work at the People’s Art Center, the first fully integrated arts community center in St. Louis which he helped found in 1942. He also taught at Washington Technical High School. Banks passed away on January 21, 1983 and was survived by his wife Sara.





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